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Matthew Peterson

N채cken

for violin solo


instructions

program note

action dynamics

Näcken, the näck, is a Swedish water spirit who plays an enchanted fiddle. His music lures humans to drown in lakes and streams. He is also known as strömkarlen (the stream man) and in Norway he is called fossegrim.

dynamics on harmonics, especially above mf, are "action dynamics" (e.g., ff indicates the effort normally required to produce fortissimo) bowings the phrasing is shown with slurs, but exact bowings are at the performer's discretion grace notes grace notes in parentheses show sounding notes grace notes with stems and beams (mm. 40-47) outline a melody that sounds through the arpeggio; here the rhythm remains 16th note arpeggios (the grace note rhythm is not played) harmonics in some places M6 (touch sixth) harmonics are used instead of M3 (touch third), and the performer can feel free to substitute equal natural harmonics where needed (e.g. M6 for M3, or vice versa) laissez vibrér sempre and stops

If found and greeted properly, it is said that the näck will teach a human to play so well that "the trees dance and waterfalls stop at his music." But after learning the näck's music, a man may lose his mind and play himself to death. The arpeggiated harmonics and driving motion of Näcken were inspired by this legend and by the clear and shimmering boreal waters that Näcken calls home. The näck is a lonely spirit. Perhaps he plays so that he will no longer be alone.

acknowledgements With thanks to Alejandro Drago for his passion, dedication to music-making, and friendship, to Henrik Strindberg for his inspiring sound-worlds, and to Ulf Klarström and Simon Jansson for taking me to Näcken's home.

where possible, arpeggios should be played as quadruple stops, always allowing harmonics, open strings, and arpeggiated stops to vibrate

contact

sul ponticello (s.p.)

Matthew Peterson, composer

play near the bridge for a shimmering tone

matthewkennethpeterson@gmail.com

molto sul ponticello (m.s.p.)

http://www.matthew-peterson.com

play very near the bridge for a raucous, electric tone


Näcken

duration circa 5 minutes

for violin solo

q = 66 rubato natural harmonics  

  Violin   

Matthew Peterson (2011)

        

 

 



     





 

   

       

pp

p molto sostenuto sempre

q = q. rubato  11  

 



                                  

pp

13

 

                             accel.

non rubato  

                                           

15

f

q. = 84

  

                               

17

p

f

  

                                            

19

 

                                                   

21

 

                                        

23

25

ff

p

s.p.

ord.

s.p.

p

sf

p

                                                         sf

Copyright © 2011 Matthew Peterson (ASCAP), all rights reserved www.matthew-peterson.com


                                                  

27

29

ord.

s.p.

sf

p



ord.



m.s.p.

f

ord.

m.s.p.

ord.

m.s.p.

p

f

p

f

                                                

             31                                                                      p ord.

pp

 

                                                   

34

37



 

  



  



  

                                     

 

f

 open E sempre  

                                                     

40



 

 



                                                             

43



  

 

                                                                      

46

 

                                                  

49

sffpp

51

sffpp

                  

sffpp

2

              

sffpp


53

                                     

sffpp

f

molto  rit.

rubato q. = 52

                                               

55

p

p espressivo

                                                        

57

morendo 

 

pp

q = 36

accel. balzato sempre   natural harmonics sempre  

rubato poco a poco

 

                                                       

60

crescendo poco a poco

pp  

          

63

q = 96 66 

68

f

accel. non rubato 

                                   

q = q. con fuoco



sim.  sul G                                          

 sul D

sim.

sul G

sim.

                                                  p

sul D

 sul G

sul D

f sub.



sul G

sim.

                                             

70

p

72

sul G

sim.

         f sub. 

sul G

sul D

     

sul G

sul D

           

sim.

                                                 

73

pp sub.

3


75

 

  

  

  

  

  

 

(m.s.p.)

 

f

           

       

p intenso sub.



m.s.p.     G   sim.                                               p sub. f sub.

77

ord. G

G

G

ord.   

                                                

79

f sub. m.s.p.

81

  



p sub.

83

   

  

     

  



(detaché)

85

      





  

  

ord.   

(open E sempre)

                          

  

f sempre.

 



                         

  

  



  

 

                               

                                                 (cresc. poco a poco)

87

sul D

sul D

pp sub. marcato sempre

cresc. poco a poco

  

                                      

89

m.s.p. 2

  

93

plaqué

   

   

   

 4

 

  

  

  



91



p sub.

f

  

2

         

  

  

2

l.v.

 

  

    

ff

Näcken (for violin solo)  

Näcken (2011), a 4.5 minute work for violin solo

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